Holism and Reductionism - A Daoist Explanation
13 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2015 Last revised: 7 Jul 2020
Date Written: July 10, 2015
The reductionism undergirding modern science not only fails to explain reality but also—because it doesn’t accord with reality—perpetuates individual, societal, and environmental conflict. This reductionism is based on a strict either-or logic that has always been possible as a normative tool and employed in discordant times. By bridging the whole and the parts, Daoism eliminates the need for an independent or unknowable first-mover and also explains this reductionism. It shows that pure logic is complementary and exists always in a monistic-dualistic relationship with intuition. In the face of the current theoretical and practical challenges, any way forward must consider the subtle explanation offered by Daoism.
Keywords: Daoism/Taoism, Holism, Reductionism, Logic, Number Theory
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